Atree-lined street in Uptown is home to a peripatetic couple that has one foot in the lively Dallas art scene
(She is a trustee at the Dallas Museum of Art.) and the other foot in Mali. Or maybe the Masai Mara.
Or perhaps the Central Africa Republic tracking the lowland gorilla—any number of exotic locales where the couple can find indigenous artifacts to add to their art collection here in Dallas.
To build the perfect space for their home and collection in a new high-rise building, the couple called on designer David Cadwallader and architect Jessica Stewart Lendvay.
They had worked with Cadwallader on their previous home, and knew they wanted his particular design sensibility.
He was able to use most of their existing furnishings by adding new coverings and finishes to create a fresh, new look. Lendvay designed a space that is deceptively modern.
Deceptive in that it’s a rather simple design, though the many fine details create a timeless, classic architectural design.
Says Lendvay, “The thick exterior walls create deep windowsills, not unlike those in a pre-war New York apartment.
Harmonhinge doors that are flush with walls and cabinets create seamless silhouettes. Sliding, frosted-glass doors provide flexibility and openness.”
From experience, the couple knew how they would like to live in their new space.
Lendvay designed an interior layout with finishes and detail to create a sense of expansion, openness, and light.
The living area, divided into three separate areas with the use of art walls, provides space for multiple functions, yet doesn’t sacrifice the sense of continuity.
The elevator vestibule and entry open to the light-filled living room with a gallery wall, creating a separate dining area on the other side.
A built-in Bulthaup kitchen faces a breakfast area with a custom banquette by Cadwallader and a print by Dallas artist Stephen Sellers.
An ample terrace is beyond where the couple can enjoy seeing one of the Calatrava bridges in the changing seasons.
The result is a California-casual kind of layered ambiance with chairs and sofas covered in different textures
in subtle tones floating in a neutral background. Color is provided by the Dallas skyline and well-placed art.
In the entry you are introduced to the couple’s eclectic art collection—a work by David Bates,
landscapes by Mary Foote, and cubist paintings by Karl Knaths and Agnew Weinrich.
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